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December 9, 2013

December 9, 2013

"Love is a Choice"

“That you may love the Lord your God, listen to His voice, and hold fast to Him. For the Lord is your life and He will give you many years in the land He swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.”Deuteronomy 30: 20 NIV

Love is a choice and a commitment. You choose to love or you can choose not to love. Unfortunately, our society has bought into a myth. The myth is that love is uncontrollable.

It’s something that just happens and we can’t ever control it. In fact, even the language we use implies the uncontrollability of love. We say, “I fell in love,” as if love is some kind of a ditch.

It’s like walking along one day and bam! “I fell in love. I couldn’t help myself.” That’s not love. Love doesn’t just happen to you. Love is a choice and it represents a commitment.

Yes, its true attraction and arousal are uncontrollable. But attraction and arousal are not love. They can lead to love, but they are not love. Love is a choice.

Because of God’s love for us we can choose to love God in response. He won’t force you to love Him. You can thumb your nose at God or go in a totally different way than God wants for you.

You can destroy your life if you choose to do that. God still won’t force you to love Him because He knows that love can’t be forced.

What’s true of God is just as true of us. You can choose to love others, but God won’t force you to love anyone nor can anyone else. Love is a choice and you must make it.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don